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Review excerpt: The patties at Mikkeller Kanda are all prepared in-house, using Japanese beef that’s ground daily as needed. They’re firm and flavorful, browned on the outside but with just enough moist meat inside.

Review excerpt: Kagawa Ippuku always serves excellent noodles made in the true Sanuki style. They have to have exactly the right texture, smooth but with a firm chewiness.

Review excerpt: The cooking at The Blind Donkey is light, colorful and uncomplicated, relying not on the artifice of tweezers or an arsenal of fermented taste enhancers, but the quality of the ingredients.

Review excerpt: Hotaru fits in perfectly but with one key distinction: It is Tokyo's first (and currently only) sake brew-pub. You can see the small steel fermentation tanks gleaming in a glass-enclosed chamber in one corner of the minimally decorated dining room. But don't ...

Tap×Tap serves 20 draught ales, mostly Japanese with a few imports, at exceptionally low prices. It’s a homespun space, the kind of bar where you can read as you sip your beer beside the mellow clientele.

As at any izakaya, the first food you are served will be the otoshi, a starter that acts as both appetizer and obligatory table charge. Too often these are mere tidbits for a few hundred yen that you nibble and promptly forget. At Koju, ...

Surugaya Kahei, run by a Shizuoka fish company, boasts 60 options. Many are variants on the standard squid guts, seasoned with zesty yuzu or spicy kimchi, for example. Others include katsuo (skipjack tuna), scallop, zuwaigani (snow crab) or pricy sakuradai (sea bream).

Last December when it opened, lines formed around the block to sample the trademark seafood ramen. Unlike Kyushu-style agodashi broths, which are light and clear, the soups at Gonokami Suisan are thick and comforting, like a French bisque.

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